Vanessa Bryant calls out Nike for releasing late daughters exclusive shoes.

by Helvine Achieng
June 8, 2021

Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant, recently called out Nike for the release of 'Mambacita' shoes without notifying her. The Mother of four said she custom made the shoes to pay tribute to her husband Kobe and daughter Gigi following their death last year in a plane crash.

"It appears someone already has Gigi's MAMBACITA shoe in their possession. If someone can share how they have these shoes in their possession, that would be great because my daughters and I don't have any of Gigi's MAMBACITA shoes." she wrote.

In an Instagram post, Vanessa explained that she had not renewed Kobe's contract with the company.

"This is a shoe I worked on in honour of my daughter, Gianna. It would be called the MAMBACITA shoe as an exclusive black and white colourway on her daddy's shoes. I picked the colours in honour of her uniform, the number 2 she wore just like her uniform, the inside pattern, Kobe and Gigi on the back in gold instead of Kobe's signature, the inside shoe details (butterfly, wings, halo), etc. The MAMBACITA shoes are NOT approved for sale. I wanted it to be sold to honour my daughter with ALL of the proceeds benefitting our @mambamambacitasports foundation, but I did not re-sign the Nike contract and decided not to sell these shoes. (The MAMBACITA shoes were not approved to be made in the first place). Nike has NOT sent any of these pairs to my girls and me. I do not know how someone else has their hands on shoes I designed in honour of my daughter, Gigi, and we don't. I hope these shoes did not get sold. @nike." Vanessa wrote